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T/ie Intermountain Institute 







Published Quarterly by the Intermountain Institute at Weiser, Idaho 

Autumn Number 

Volume XVII 

Number 1 


Entered at the postoffice at Weiser, Idaho 
As mail matter of the second class 





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By James Arnold Blaisdell 

Tonight, my soul be still and sleep; 
The storms are raging on God's deep — 
God's deep, not thine; be still and sleep. 

Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep; 

God's hands shall still the tempest's sweep — 

God's hands, not thine; be still and sleep. 

Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep; 

God's love is strong while night hours creep — 

God's love, not thine; be still and sleep. 

Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep; 

God's heaven will comfort those who weep — 

God's heaven, and thine; be still and sleep. 

— (S. S. Times.) 


No doubt the readers of the Gleaner were surprised that the 
Commencement number did not appear. The omission was made 
regretfully — on account of the tremendous pressure of other v/ork at 
the time and also because our head printer, who had served so 
faithfully for many years, decided to become a school teacher himself. 
He and Mrs. Cross will have charge of the public school at Rosebury, 
Idaho. We hope the Gleaner will appear on time hereafter. The 
change of the name of our school has been noticed before. It seems 
too bad that the state could not find some other name for its reform 
school. "The Idaho Industrial School" and the "Idaho Industrial 
Institute" were thought by many to be the same school! Such was 
the similarity of names that graduates of the institute v/ere refused 
positions as teachers in the public school, on the ground that they 
came from a reform school! Also, young people planning to attend 
school passed the institute, supposing it was a reform school! To 
prevent such misunderstandings the institute trustees finally voted 
to change our name to "The Intermountain Institute." We are very 
sorry that this change became necessary for we were attached to the 
name given at the birth of the institute. The school — as to its aims 
and work — is the same, though the name is different. 

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In a last year's number of the Sunday School Times, several 
columns were devoted to the discussion of the tobacco habit. Now 
that we are as a people rapidly becoming "clean," as to the drink 
habit, and will, within a quarter of a century ov less, become a 
"saloonless nation," it is eminently proper to turn attention to 
another recognized evil. Every successful reform must strike its 
roots into the moral sense of men; must become a question of 
conscience. This was true of the sin of slavery. For long, cruel 
years the profit in dollars resulting from slavery dulled the con- 
sciences of men. And slavery continued. But at length, as will ever 
be the case in the conflict between right and wrong, the conscience 
of the nation would not permit the evil to continue. Right triumphed. 
The contest was fierce and bloody for "without the shedding of 
blood there is no remission of sins." 

The battle against the saloon has been fought along the 
same lines. On the one side the consciences of the people have 
been aroused against the liquor traffic, while on the other side the 
money in it has nerved the advocates of the saloon to fight to the 
last ditch to save their profits, and the contest is still on but the 
final victory of right is already assured. 

If the tobacco habit is injurious to health, filthy, a wicked 
waste of money and a threshold to other and more injurious habits, 
the moral sense of the people v/ill be aroused against it and again 
conscience will be arrayed against the love of money which will have 
the gratification of appetite as a strong ally. All human beings are 
endowed by nature with a conscience — that subtle power to distinguish 
between right and wrong — but all men do not follow the dictates of 
conscience, if they did the millenium would have arrived. Christian 
people profess to be governed by a sanctified conscience, hence mroal 
reforms usually begin and are pvoraotod by the church. — Withoul 
the aid of the church, the organized body of Christian people, moral 
reforms could not succeed, if indeed they could he cornniencod. 
Christian people, like other people, are sometime opposed to a 
right rcfoim because they have not studied the question from a 
conscience standpoint. Thus many Christian people defended slavery. 
and even ministers of the gospel maintained that it was a divine 
institution and preached learned sermons to prove their contention. 
The use of tobacco is defended by many who have formed the habit 
and find themselves slaves to it. Howevei-, most people admit th:»t 
it is a useless, filthy and expensive habit. If with this admission 
it can be shown that the use of tobacco is positively injurious to 


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most people and of benefit to a very few, a firm foundation for a 
moral argument against the use of tobacco seems fully established. 
The proof of the injurious effects of tobacco using seem to be 
abundant. It is. well known that Uncle Sam wants men for his 
army and navy who are bodily sound, therefore a very searching 
physical examination of all who seek to enlist is made. In the 
recent call for recruits exactly 50 per cent of those rejected in New 
York had been rendered physically unfit by cigarette smoking. The 
Sunday School Times article contained a number of testimonies 
from physicians and others as to the injurious effects of tobacco 
using. A few of these are here quoted: D. H. Kress, M. D., in an 
interesting article on the subject said: 

"Gradually, and I must say unwillingly, I have been forced 
to recognize and acknowledge that the cigarette addict is about as 
hopelessly enslaved as is the opium or morphine addict, and that 
unaided it is about as difficult to give up the one habit as it 
is the other." 

Recently, Mr. Owen Dawson, clerk of the Montreal juvenile 
court, in giving expert testimony before a committee appointed by 
the Canadian government to study into the evils arising from the 
smoking of cigarettes, said: "I have been interested in the boys of 
Montreal for eight years, and I have tried to help, one way or another, 
about five thousand boys since I came to Montreal. I have never 
once succeeded in getting a boy to stop smoking cigarettes, although 
I have tried hundreds of times. On the other hand, in helping boys 
to keep away from liquor I have been more successful." 

Mr. C. Ferrier, superintendent of the Victoria Industrial 
School, being sworn before the same committee, in reply to the 
question, "Do you know of any boys who gave up the use of cigarettes 
of their own will?" said, "I never knew any. I do not believe boys 
will give up cigarette smoking because they know it is an evil any 
more readily than men will." 

Dr. Bruce Smith, inspector of public charities and prisons 
of the province of Ontario, being sworn, said, "There is but oue cure 
for these boys, and that is to place them under lock and key. You 
cannot have any halfway measures with such cases any more than 
you can with those vho are habituated to the use of cocaine or 

Dr. George Villeneuve, superintendent of Long Point Asylum 
and professor of nervous deseases in Laval Medical University, being 
sworn, said, "I certainly believe that the use of cigarettes is harmful. 
To young people below sixteen years of age it is very harmful. The 
moral sense is blunted, then the mental faculties become affected, 



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and I may add that we have not yet a full knowledge of this question 
because excessive cigarette smoking to my knovv^ledge is something 
that has only occurred within the last ten years. The full effect will 
be felt later on." 

Testimonies like these can be multiplied indefinitely. 'There 
is a reason" therefore, for forbidding the use of tobacco in our school. 
In future numbers of the Gleaner we hope to pursue the subject 


As the June Gleaner did not appear, no account of the 
commencement has reached our readers, so it will not be amiss to 
give a brief summary of the events of commencement week. Sunday 
evening, May 21, the baccalaureate exercises were held, the sermon 
was given by the president. Monday evening a program of readings 
essays and music was given by the students. A prize for the best 
essay on "The Life and Works of William Shakespeare," was awarded 
to Miss Annie Humphries. The contest between the Weiser high 
school and the Intermountain Institute for the best essay on ''Peace" 
vas won by the institute. The prize essay was written by Edison 
Fowler. This is the third victory for the institute in as many years. 

Tuesday evening a vocal and instrumental concert was given. 
This concert was a great credit to both studrnts and their teachers 
in music. The institute band rendered several numbers with marked 
skill. Wednesday evening class day exercises were presented by the 
senior class. 

On Thuisday evening a play, "The Cricket on the Hearth," 
was given by the junior and senior classes. This entertainment was 
a great success and the players exhibited remarkable talent in 
representing the different characters in the play. 

Friday evening the graduating exercises were held and six 
young people were made happy by receiving their well-earned 
diplomas. It will be observed that all the exercises were held in the 
evening. In this way the school could close a week earlier than 
otherwise would be possible, for the regular examinations were held 
each day of commencement week. All things considered, the com- 
mencement of '16 was one of the most successful in the history of 
the school. 

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A number of changes in the faculty membership have taken 
place. Professor Null, who served as principal v/ith fidelity and 
zeal for two years, has been called to his former position as professor 
in Cameron College, Cameron, Missouri. Professor George C. Wise, 
who taught last year in Iowa College, Iowa City, Iowa, was called 
to the principalship. He has taken up the duties of that important 
office with great enthusiasm and a firm purpose to make the Inter- 
mountain Institute one of the very best schools in all the land.. 
Professor Wise has had many years experience in teaching, is an 
esthusiastic lover of young people and will enthuse his students 
with a desire to make the very most and best of themselves and 
of the opportunities they will have at the institute. 

Professor F. R. Brown is at the head of the agricultural 
department, which insures the success of that important department. 
Professor Brown is a graduate of the Oregon State College of Agri- 
culture and was an instructor in that college after graduation. Last 
year he taught agriculture in the Payette high school, and also 
served as district agriculturist. His coming to the Intermountain 
Institute will not only put the institute in the first rank, but will 
also be a distinct advantage to all the farmers in this region as they 
will have the benefit of Professor Brown's knowledge and experience, 
through his lectures at the institute and also by a system of institute 
extension work which will be introduced among the farmers. 

Miss Marjorie Pitman is dean of the girls' department. Miss 
Pitman is a graduate of Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 
and is well qualified for her work in the institute. Besides her 
duties as dean she will teach some classes. 

The music department is in charge of Miss Muriel Phelps, 
a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Miss Phelps will 
give instiiiction in both intsrumental and vocal music; will have 
charge also of the choruses, glee clubs, etc. Students in music will 
be fortunate indeed to be in Miss Phelps' classes. 

Miss Viola Johnson, the very efficient head of the English 
department last year, holds the same position for the next school 
vear, which insures the best possible instruction in that department. 

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Miss Sue Compton, who did most excellent work as teacher 
of history and German last year, will also teach the same subjects 
this year. 

The domestic science department is in charge of Miss Mildred 
Brockman, a graduate of the institute. After graduating from the 
institute Miss Brockman took the full domestic science course at 
the state agricultural school in Oregon, and will do first class work 
in her department. 

The classes in manual training will be taught by Charles 
Camp, who is thoroughly qualified for the position by study and 

The institute library is in charge of Mrs. Helen Tibbals and 
she also serves as "house mother" for the boys' dormitory. 

Last, but by no means least, Miss Gladys Crull, a graduate 
of the institute, is in charge of the culinary department, which makes 
it certain that the cooking and serving at the institute will be first 
class in every respect. With such a force of competent instructors 
institute students will surely have unsurpassed opportunity for rapid 
advancement in study. 

A teacher for the science department is yet to be secured 
and several applications are now under consideration. With such 
a faculty of earnest and able men and women the students of the 
Intermountain Institute will surely be well cared for and will have 
an opportunity to make rapid advancement. 


A new broom sw^eeps clean — thus runs the old adage. Granting 
the bit of sarcastic truth therein contained, an optimist might still 
be tempted to believe that nevertheless it is surely better to be 
thoro for a time, even tho the suggested lapse does come, than not 
to sweep clean at all. And so the new faculty of the Intermountain 
Institute, gathered together from the four winds of heaven, is willing 
to run the risk of incurring public censure and private scoi-n by 
setting forth the educational faith that is within them. 

In one sense, the faculty is not new, for there are several 
members who are not in the institute for the first time, but since 
there are more strange faces than familiar ones and since student 

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body, methods, and team work are somewhat different, it is safe to 
assume that a new organization is now attempting to compose and 
build up this little educational world. 

We who are new and we, the faculty as a whole, are fully 
conscious that much of the sweeping has been done and done well, 
so that we feel much encouraged and eager to take up the task 
where it was dropped at the close of last year. Relying then on the 
splendid foundation laid by the board of trustees and former faculties, 
we enter upon our little part of the work determined to prove worthy 
of the confidence placed in us. 

Our goal should be kept clearly in mind. Perhaps the 
arrow of hopeful aspiration may miss its mark, but we must aim 
nevertheless or else refrain from shooting. Friedrich Schiller tells 
us that purposeful vision is one of man's chief glories, and that 
understanding was vouchsafed to enable him to plan in advance 
what he would create with his hands. This dictum, noble and as it 
is, has apparently been reversed by the modern spirit. Nowadays, 
educational systems in this country seem, designed to so train a 
man's mind that he may by clever planning avoid all creation by 
hand, and thrust upon the less highly favored the whole burden of 
manual labor. High schools turn out as finished products boys and 
girls who are well equipped to go to college, but who know little 
about the real purpose of life; colleges proclaim with pride the ever 
increasing number of graduates, men and women who In their self- 
sufficiency and a pampered sense of overweening superiority refuse 
to "hustle for a job," but insist that the world owes them a living 
and should permit them to "wait for a position"; and universities 
clothe with gorgeous but antiquated robes highly trained men who 
in scholastic dignity and aloofness devote themselves to abstractions 
while thousands of practical everyday problems are fairly crying 
out for solution. 

Now, we are aware of the great importance, the most absolute 
necessity, of college and university in civilization, but we are none 
the less convinced that education in these United States is top-heavy. 
"Higher" education is well done, the "head" of the body scholastic 
is splendidly equipped, but the rest of the bodily structure has been 
neglected sadly; arms and legs should receive more development. 
The result of the present system is, that when either the high school 
product or the college graduate finds himself in the raging torrent 
of life he discovers all too late his inability to swim to shallow water 
despite his full knowledge of the blissful prospect on the shore. 

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What we need is more training in grade and high school 
for actual life. Keep up, of course, the preparation for college; 
a few pupils v/ill want to go "higher." But the essential point is 
that the vast majority, the future burden bearers, be made more 
familiar with the tasks before them, that they be given help and 
breadth and richness of experience for their coming years away 
from school influence. 

It may be heresy to say so, but we believe that more business 
and common sense should be used in education. It is true that many 
changes in this direction have already been made, but we can find 
without difficulty high school and courses of study that have very 
little business or common sense connection with the real needs of 
pupils and the communities which support the system. If a school 
district is rural, the courses taught should be mainly agricultural; 
if urban, commercial or sociological work should have the chief 
place; if industrial, the technical studies that are especially concerned 
with, the environment seem to be in place; and so on for all the 
phases of our complex civilization, keeping plainly in mind that over- 
specialzation is to be avoided in favor of general subjects that will 
insure breadth of view and spiritual uplift. 

To get this latter, better portion, we teachers must work 
carefully and well, realizing fully the value of personal force and 
the tendency of youth to imitate. Our instruction must be full of 
the spirit; we must so present mathematics, languages, history, manual 
work, social science, as to touch the hearts of girls and boys, and 
mold their lives into more noble forms. Then we will be in accord 
with John Ruskin when he wrote: "You do not educate a man by 
telling him what he knew not, but by making him wliat he was not" 

If we succeed in this plan, we shall have attained what this 
institution has stood for since its inception. In the elemental farm 
work, in vocational endeavor, in all its phases, it has always reflected 
the Christ. It believes in boys and girls, in men and women, in the 
family, in society. Following hard after dignified labor, it still finds 
time for play, music, and for Christian culture. Ruskin would delight 
in it, for he would see in it his own words: "To watch the com grow 
and the blossom set, to draw hard breath over the plowshare and 
spade, to read, to think, to love, to hope, to pray — these are the 
things to make man happy." 

May we who have come to put hand to the plow succeed 
in doing our share of the work. Principles and mottoes we have in 
plenty; the difficulty will come in following the distorted proverb: 
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The following pages are to be issued as a circular for general 
distribution to acquaint the public with the progress and prospects 
of the Intermountain Institute. The Information given has mostly 
appeared in previous numbers of the Gleaner, but this is the most 
extended account of the work that has appeared, and for this reason 
it finds a place in the Gleaner. 


Near the beginning of the last decade of the last century a 
home missionary wandered out to Idaho and located in Weiser, where 
he began to work. His first meetings were held in a dance hall. 
A Sunday school was gathered on the first Sunday after his arrival 
and after a series of "protracted meetings," a church was organized 
with twenty members. Then a church building was commenced and 
completed in about a year. At that time the public schools were 
few and far between in Idaho. Among the mountains, remote from 
the towns, there were many young people who had little or no 
opportunity to secure an education and they were too poor to go 
to a distant "pay" school. 

Now, the aforesaid missionary, when sawing wood to pay 
his expenses in an Eastern college, had a dream. He dreamed that 
some day, somewhere, he would help build up a school in which the 
poorest boy or girl in the land, if willing to work, could secure an 
education, and at the same time gain some knowledge of some useful 
occupation and pay the necessary expenses in work. When the great 
demand for such a school to help the people of the Rockies was 
discovered by the missionary he remembered his dream of former days. 

He told his dream to a lady who had been a teacher for two 
score years; also to a civil engineer, a graduate of Dartmouth 
College, who had become an Idaho homesteader. Both these people 
believed that the dream ought to come true and they were ready to 
put their lives into the work. Thus it came to pass that Miss Jane 
M. Slocum, Thomas P. Margatt and E. A. Paddock proceeded to plan 
and build the Idaho Industrial Institute, now the Intermountain 
Institute. These "enthusiasts" had no money, but possesed great 
faith and knew how to work. One had a sagebrush homestead, but 
"above the ditch," and considered valueless at that time because it 


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could not be irrigated. One half of the homestead (80 acres) was 
given to the institute. On this eighty the campus was laid out, ihe 
sage brush grubbed and in '98 the first school "shack" was erected. 
This small building served as a boarding hall for the workmen while 
putting up the first dormitory buildings. Later on it was known as 
the "Palace" and housed a number of students, besides many bushels 
of institute grain. In '99 the institute was Incorporated and a board 
of nine trustees was chosen. The first dormitory and recitation 
buildings were completed in 1900 and in October of that year the 
institute was opened for students. The purpose and progress of the 
work was made known to friends in the East, who generously aided 
the enterprise. In the beginning no cash payment was required of 
the students but they worked five hours each day, which was supposed 
to pay all their expenses. The boys gi'ubbed sagebrush, built fences, 
worked on new buildings, etc., while the girls did the cooking, 
laundrying and other housework. The institute motto in those days 
was: "An education and a trade for every boy and girl who is willing 
to work for them." The institute grew both in number and needs, 
New and larger dormitories were built, a shop building, a gi'eenhouse 
and barns appeared in rapid succession, the money for material being 
furnished by friends of Christian education and the work largely being 
done by the students. 

The Institute Eanch 

To furnish work for the students and to raise supplies, it 
was deemed wise to operate an extensive ranch. To the original 
eighty acre other land was added by gift and purchase until now the 
institute ranch contains more than 2000 acres of land, fully 1500 of 
which can be cultivated. About 600 acres are now under cultivation, 
mostly as "dry ranch." The ranch supplies the institute with flour, 
vegetables, milk and butter, besides grain and hay for horses and 

An Endowment Scheme 

At present "dry farming" is necessary on the institute ranch 
but early in the history of the enterprise a plan was formed to 
construct reservoirs to retain the flood water that comes out of the 
mountains in the eaily spring and thus have water for irrigation. 
Reservoir sites were surveyed and filed upon and the work of con- 
struction has been pushed as fast as money could be obtained for the 
purpose. Already considerable water is available. It is believed that 
when twelve to fifteen hundred acres of the institute ranch can be 

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irrigated that it will yield a revenue which will go a long way toward 
supporting the school and then constitute an endowment 

Results of the Work Thus Far 

On the material side the growth has certainly been remarkable. 
Beginning with the 18x24 "shack," there are now more than a score 
of buildings, great and small, representing a value with their 
furnishings of not less than $150,000. With irrigation provided the 
ranch is worth at least $100,000. The value of stock, farming 
implements and tools would reach certainly $25,000. But the material 
growth is not the most important; the entire plant exists for the 
purpose of helping worthy young people to help themselves in 
preparing for useful, Christian citizenship. 

Students Helped 

More than one thousand young people have attended the 
institute for a longer or shorter period of time, most of whom could 
not well have attended other schools. About seventy-five have 
graduated from the various departments and a number of the graduates 
have gone to college and state universities. So far as can be learned 
the institute students are "making good" wherever they are, as 
teachers, clerks, ranchmen and business men. 

The Work as Now Progressini? 

As has been stated the Intermountain Institute is designed 
for those who have not sufficient means to pay their way but who 
have a thirst for knowledge, and ambition to secure it, and the 
willingness to do what they can in work to pay for it. 

"While the cost is cut to the minimum, the object is not to give 
something for nothing and thus cultivate a spirit of dependence but, 
on the contrary, to teach and impress the ideas of self-help, thrift 
and good citizenship generally. 

It is not a reform school but a private, non-sectarian, Christian 
institution where students are taught to work with their hands as 
well as their heads. 

Adyanta^es Offered 

Ten men and women from various parts of the country who 
have had thorough training in the very best schools and colleges 
constitute a strong teaching force. 

Students are classified according to the studies they have 
already mastered. Classes are formed to meeet the students' needs — 
from the lowest grades to the completion of the high school course 



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and even more advanced classes may be formed to cover two or more 
years of real college work for the benefit of those who do not 
contemplate taking a full course of study in some college, A number 
of industrial courses are open to students, such as wood and iron 
working, agriculture, dairying, building, domestic science, etc. Special 
emphasis will be placed on agricultural studies and the raising of 
stock — for the benefit of those who intend to become ranchmen and 
stock raisers. 

Preferred Students 

The institute is not a competitor of the high school and does 
not seek, as students, those young people who may readily have the 
advantages of a good school. Indeed, the preference will always be 
given to those who live in rural districts remote from good schools 
and to those wishing to take special courses not offered in high 

Eequirements For Admission 

Students are required to be at least sixteen years of age and 
in good health; to present references of good moral character, one 
of whom should be the applicant's last teacher; and to fulfill the 
conditions hereafter specified. 

Time of Entrance 

It is of course desirable that students should enter the school 
at the very beginning of the school year, but if it is impossible for 
any studest to do this and there is still room in the dormitories 
such student will be received at any time and for as long a period 
as it is possible for him to remain. 

Student Organizations 

The Athletic Association has control of the athletic interests 
of the student body. 

The Y. W. C. A. and the Y. M. C, A. are doing active and 
efficient work and all of the students are invited to become niembei-.s. 

Literary societies meet every two weeks and afford invaluable 
practice in the art of public speaking and in parliamentary usage. 

The band offers practical instruction to students on all band 
instruments, A membership fee of $1 is charged to defray expenses 
for music, etc. With the exception of one oi- two cases students must 
furnish their own instruments. 


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All music instruction, except chorus and glee club, involves 
an extra expense to the student. The charge for vocal or piano 
l£ssons is fifty cents per lesson. The charge for use of piano is 

$2 per year. 

The Moral Tone 

It is the aim of the institute to supplement the v^ork of the 
home by surrounding the student with such helpful influences as 
shall foster the development of strength and nobility of character. 

While the school is non-sectarian, it is nevertheless, Christian 
in character. 

Chapel exercises are held daily. Bible classes are a part of 
the regular course of study and the students maintain active Y. W. 
and Y. M. C. A.'s. 

A regular religious service is held in the chapel every Sunday 
morning, which all students are expected to attend, unless they present 
a written request from parents or guardians to be allowed to attend 
some church in town. 

To Parents and Guardians 

The institute is in no way a reformatory and it cannot receive 
as students boys or girls who have given serious trouble at home 
or in other schools, nor boys who have become confirmed users of 

\Vhile every effort will be made to caution and stimulate 
students to improve their time to the best advantage, it is taken 
for granted that students enrolling have sufficient maturity to appre- 
ciate the opportunities offered here and that they can and will 
exercise the necessary self-control. 

Aside from the small sum necessary for stationery the student 
needs little spending money. Indeed it is far better that the money 
furnished the students for spending be very limited. 

It is of the highest importance that the student enters the 
classes at the very beginning of the year. A delay of a week or more 
when new subjects are being taken up frequently handicaps the student 
for the entire year. 

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The Cost 

To help young people who are eager to secure an education 
but are unable to meet all the expense that must be incurred, the 
Intermountain Institute has cut the expense to the student fully one- 
third below the actual cost, relying on generous fxiends of Christian 
education to supply the deficit. Thus the charge for board, room 
rent, light and heat, tuition and use of library for the school year 
is placed at $200. With economy, the expense for laundry, stationery 
and books can be fully met for $25. Work is furnished as far as 
possible for students who cannot pay cash for all their school 
expenses. Three hours of manual labor each day pays one $100,. or 
half the necessary expense. A few scholarships from the "Student 
Loan Fund" are given to students who have special need and are 
very faithful in both study and work. The institute does not purpose 
to permit any worthy, industrious student to leave school for want 
of money. If after doing his best, any student finds himself in arrears 
on expense, etc., it is considered a debt of honor which is to be paid, 
without interest as soon as the student can earn the money. And 
when the debt is paid, the money goes again into the "Fund" to 
help some other student. 

The foregoing gives the reader a very clear idea of the 
plan, purpose and progress of the Intermountain Institute. 

More than a hundred students can be accomodated in the 
dormitories. Already during its brief term of activity the institute 
has proven a blessing to hundreds of splendid yoimg people who, 
but for the existence of this school would not have been nearly so 
well equipped for their life work. It is believed by those most 
interested in the enterprise that the real work of the institute has 
only just begun. Useful Christian citizens is our country's greatest 
need and the Intermountain Institute is doing much to supply that 

The rapid growth and remarkable efficiency of this school 
is due to the generous friends who have put money into the enterprise 
— and also to the self-denying teachers who have worked for the 
upbuilding of the school. The noble army of old friends and a host 
of new friends yet to be found are relied upon to carry the work 
forward, making the Intermountain Institute one of the most im- 
portant schools in the great Northwest. 

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The grain crop on the I. I. ranch this year is unusually large. 
A part of the threshing is done. About 3000 bushels of wheat has 
been marketed at a fair price. Enough has been made into flour to 
supply bread for the school for one year or more. 

For many years the institute band has flourished under the 
leadership of Mr. Robert Cross. Mr. Cross has now become a school 
teacher. Fortunately the head of the institute music department, Miss 
Muriel Phelps, is a band leader, and under her guidance the band will 
maintain its reputation for efficiency. 

The occupants of the boys' dormitory appreciate the helpful 
interest of their "house mother," Mrs. Tibbais. No other family of 
I. I. boys have been so highly favored. The library, under Mrs. 
Tibbais' supervision, has been put into first class shape and will be 
of increased usefulness this year. , 

A movement is started to build a sidewalk from the institute 
I to town. About a mile and a quarter of walk will need to be built 
to reach the town sidewalk. It is hoped the plan will become an 
accomplished fact. 

The Y M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. organizations will soon be 
doing aggressive work. It is believed that all the students w^ill 
belong to these associations. 

Since members of the present I. I. faculty ha\e traveler! 
extensively in Europe as well as in this country an in+eresting series 
of illustrated lectures may be expected during the coming year. 


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